Thursday, August 21, 2008

Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain

Faulkner Exhibit

Photographs about Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner are the centerpieces of an exhibit opening this week at Pontotoc County Library.

Born in 1897 in New Albany, Faulkner is considered one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. Spending most of his life in his native Mississippi, he built most of his fictional works around familiar characters and locations. He died in 1962.

Beginning Friday, August 22, 2008, Pontotoc County Library will be host to a traveling exhibition featuring the photographs of New York commercial photographer Martin J. Dain. Celebrating the centennial of Faulkner's birth, the more than 40 photos will be displayed in the Rozelle Calloway Wax Meeting Room at the Library.

To capture his subject on film, Dain made numerous trips to the state in the early 1960s. He eventually produced more than 200 photographs of the writer, his Oxford home and surrounding area, and his funeral.

The traveling exhibition is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Southern Arts Federation. Also sponsoring are state arts councils in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the Pontotoc County Library display, telephone (662) 489-3960.

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